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, we broke the story yesterday. and tonight a new warning from the u.s. >>> and big news about american jobs and apple computers, and the exclusive interview with the man who now runs t company. >>> and after years of just say no and millions of arrests, a new marijuana law makes histor >>> and going home, smiling, our first look at kate as she leaves the hospital today, nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, there has been swift and worldwide reaction to the story we brought you last night, the reporting of our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski, quoting intelligence sources indicating the syrian military has loaded the first stages, the so-called precursor chemicals, as chemical weapons that could be deployed as aerial bombs. and the fear is president assad of syria, facing long odds of power in syria or even staying alive, could use the chemical weapons against his own people s. from the defense secretary on down, the world be the world reacted to the news today ur chief foreign we begin with our chief foreign correspondent affairs, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: they warned
pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. good evening very >> reporter: good evening, brian, u.s. officials tell us that the syrian military is poised tonight to use chemical weapons against its own people. and all it would take is the final order from syrian president assad. as the fighting grows more intense and syrian rebels close in on damascus, the syrian regime has turned very desperate. u.s. officials tell nbc news the syrian military has now loaded the precursor for bombs, that could be dropped from dozens of fighter bombers. this week, u.s. intelligence detected a flurry of activity like this one, near homs today, while u.s. officials confirm the today, while u.s. officials confirm the precursor chemicals are loaded, they must still be mixed together to create the deadly gas. the alarm shook the world, including president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton issued strong warnings to syria's president assad, there would be strong consequences if he used chemical weapons. >> it is the point of no return there would be strong consequences if >> they would lose any
. >>> tonight defense officials fell our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski that a u.s. navy s.e.a.l. was killed during the rescue operation of an american doctor in afghanistan. his name has not been released. it happened during a raids to save dr. dill let joseph. the military says the operation was ordered after intelligence showed the doctor's life was in danger. >>> just two months after winning re-election, venezuelan president hugo chavez says his cancer has returned and he's treating treatment once again in kib what. in a nationally televised speech, chaves mentioned a possible successor should his condition worsen. it's not revealed what type of cancer he has. >>> tomorrow the first fema trailers are expected to roll into new jersey, much needed temporary housing. and in new york tonight, there are new questions about why politicians for decades didn't heed warnings about what could happen if a superstorm like sandy came ashore. katie? >> reporter: good evening, lester. there was a 14-foot storm surge here on lower manhattan, completely submerging this subway station.
rebels close in on damascus, the syrian regime has turned increasingly desperate. u.s. officials tell nbc news the syrian military has now loaded the precursor chemicals for seron nerve gas into aerial bombs that could be dropped from dozens of syrian fighter bombers. this week u.s. intelligence detected a flurry of activity at chemical weapons site, like this one near homs. while u.s. officials confirmed the precursor chemicals are loaded and they must be mixed together to get the sarin gas. president obama and hillary clinton issued strong warning to syria's president bashar al assad. >> it's the point of no return. they're going to lose any sort of backing they had in terms of the chinese and russians. it's a suicide mission. >> reporter: the killing force of sarin nerve gas is devastating. 5,000 kerds were killed in 1988. >>> well, back here at home, fiscal cliff negotiations in washington are still up in the air. most lawmakers have gone home for a long weekend. this, as treasury secretary timothy geithner says the obama administration is willing to go over the fiscal cliff. nbc's tr
on a recent u.s. law targeting russians who abuse human rights. for a closer look at russia's proposed adoption ban, tune in to the "today" show at 7:00 here on nbc4. >>> congressional leaders will try again today to reach a deal to keep the country from plunging off the fiscal cliff. president obama hosting that meeting this afternoon at the white house. it will be the first time that he's met with congressional leaders since november 16th. they have just four days now to come to an agreement. democrats and republicans say that means a possible deal will likely extend tax cuts to middle class americans and postpone spending cuts scheduled to take effect. that means the contentious issue will likely be debated sometime in the future. >>> house lawmakers are preparing for an 11th hour deal. they're returning to washington for a rare sunday evening session. it's not clear what the house will do. house speaker john boehner still insists it's up to the senate to make the next move. >>> iran's state television is reporting the country's navy started training drills in the strait of hormuz.
today. >> new this morning, al qaeda is offering a bounty of more than $23,000 to anyone who kills the u.s. ambassador to yemen. the officers posted on a website with ties to the al qaeda branch in yemen. the terrorist group is offering money to anyone who kills an american soldier in yemen. yemen is a u.s. ally however, it's frying -- >> the senate homeland security committee will release a new report criticizing the state department for the u.s. consulate attack in libya. nbc news obtained an advanced copy. in it, it found that bad security allowed militants to essentially walk into the compound. the report criticizes the state department for failing to sufficiently respond to requests for additional security. >>> good morning everyone. 6:07 is the time. right now, people are already gathering in times square and it's cold out there. like 15 to 20 degrees colder than last year. more than a million people are expected to ring in the new year there. a look at the last minute preps coming up ahead. >>> 2012 is ending on a cold night. we check weather and traffic on the 1s. >>> the major sec
. demand drops during the winter and we are driving more fuel efficient cars. also, u.s. supply increased. >> with production rising to an 18-year high with demand at a ten-year lower less reliant on imports to meet our demand. >> reporter: america is using nearly 700,000 fewer barrels of oil each year than we did in 2007. does that mean we won't have to worry about $4 or $5 gas? >> we could see $4 this spring. $5, i wouldn't be surprised to see pumps at $5 a gallon. should there be another refining issue. >> reporter: but americans will have extra dollars to spend on family and friends this holiday season. >> that was tom costello reporting. now to the latest business news. there are small gains on wall street. let's check in with hampton pearson with more on that. hi has the rest of the business headlines, too. hampton? >> we do have stocks trading in positive territory. the surprise resignation of italy's prime minister offset by a good report on mcdonald's sales. checking the major averages this hour, the dow is up 27 points. the nasdaq is up 14, the s&p up two. italy's prime minister
. russian president vladimir putin signed a law banning u.s. citizens from adopting russian children. russia is one of the top countries from which america adopts. it could affect more than 1500 adoptions currently under way. melissa mollet, news 4. >>> four minutes after 5:00. the military world mourning the death of the man known as stormin' norman. he died yesterday from complications with pneumonia. he's best remembered as helping lead forces that kicked saddam hussein out of kuwait during the first gulf war. a friend of his says schwarzkopf was in love with america and was possessed by a sense of duty. norman schwarzkopf was 78 years old. former president george h.w. bush released a statement saying "general schwarzkopf epitomized the duty, service, country creed. more than that, he was a good and decent man and a good friend." >>> the 41st president is still in intensive care but it appears that he's still fighting saying he's in good hands. a spokesperson for the bush family says the former president will probably be in the hospital for a little while. but that he would advise people
of children and families with shattered dreams. why has the russian government banned adoptions by u.s. citizens? >>> and new revelations about ronald reagan's relationships with two of the most powerful women in the world, the queen and margaret thatcher in documents released three decades later. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening, i'm natalie morales in tonight for brian. it is down to the wire now with about 80 hours until the fiscal cliff deadline. and on what is a holiday weekend for many, that is not the case for congressional leaders in washington. there was a sense of urgency today as the president met with house and senate leaders along with the treasury secretary and vice president a short while ago at the white house to try and forge a last-minute deal. the president says he is optimistic, but at this hour, the fiscal cliff still looms. we begin our coverage with nbc's white house correspondent, peter alexander who has been watching the developments all day. peter, good
control the u.s. senate. hundreds of thousands of voters turned out in northern virginia on election day, and some waited in long lines for four hours to cast their votes, and presidential candidates rallied supporters throughout the campaign and spending millions on ads. in the end, the voters helped to re-elect barack obama and elected tim kaine to the senate. and then marriage equality was approved, and gay coupled in maryland can begin saying "i do" in january. number three, scandal in the district. two sitting counsel members resigned and were charged with felonies. harry thomas resigned in january admitting to stealing $400,000 that was designated for city youth programs. plus, the on going investigation into d.c. mayor vincent gray's 2010 campaign. harris pleaded guilty to a $650,000 shadow campaign to help elect gray. two other campaign workers pleaded guilty to a separate scheme to pay minor candidate brown for his sharp criticism of mayor fenty. and then the d.c. baseball team made playoffs. the washington nationals earned the best record in baseball on the way to clinching the
question. a judge ordered him to be held without bail. >>> cuba is now accusing the u.s. of lying about the health of a maryland man in their country. speculation that alan gross has cancer or that is health is deteriorating is false. they say he has been treated decently while in prison, seen qualified doctors and speaks often with friends and family. the u.s. has increased pressure on cuba to release gross who has lost 100 pounds and developed a mass on his shoulder. cuba wants a trade. they will release gross if the u.s. allow five cuban spies to go free. >>> today quantico's -- the pretrial questions if bradley manning's case should be dismissed. yesterday a top correctional officer said manning was improperly kept on suicide watch for at least seven days. his testimony said this happened on two occasions. the correctional officer also said the commander did not follow a psychiatrist recommendation to take manning off suicide watch. >>> the future of a maryland state delegate seat is once again up the a judge to decide. greg hall filed an appeal in the case. hours earlier, a judge r
to track u.s. submarine using the technology he learned on the job working for the navy. the information included the technology and procedures required to find the subs. hoffman delivered that information to fbi agents posing as an undercover operation. >> that was andy fox reporting. >>> now for a look at your friday weather, nicks meteorologist dylan dreyer is here with the forecast. it happens to be our favorite one. >> i know. it is a good day but, yeah, you know, yesterday was so much colder than it has been. we're actually starting to see a pattern shift here. we are going to see colder air start to work in behind this cold front that is bringing a whole lot of rain through portions of the great lakes through the ohio river valley. basically the country is split in half. the northern part of the country is seeing all this messy weather mostly in the form of rain but the southern half of the country, minus a couple of clouds, really not seeing too much of anything. in fact, most of our warm temperatures are down through the gulf coast states as well. this cold front is going to mov
is what we know. u.s. marshals came to make an arrest monday night. they had some sort of altercation with the suspect who lives here. he has now barricaded himself inside an apartment here. we're told he is armed but there are no hostages taken. that he has taken in that building. no one else in that building either because it's been evacuated. prince george's county swat team is now negotiating with him. sources on the scene telling us the suspect may have been involved in recent carjackings and that's why he was being arrested this entire area will be blocked off, things here shut down until they can resolve the situation. we do have dozens of riss dents out here in the parking lot waiting to be let back inside. melissa mollet, news 4. >>> thank you, melissa. police are releasing few details after they found a man inside a building. 200 i street yesterday afternoon. homicide crews were also called to the scene. police are not saying how the man died or if there are suspects. >>> police in prince william county are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a girl inside her home posi
on the grammy winning singer born in the u.s. >> reporter: her voice carried tremendous crossover appeal from mexico to the u.s. on saturday night, jenni rivera performed in front of thousand of fans in the northern city of monterey before she boarded a private plane headed to central mexico. but the u.s. registered air craft wu craft carrying six others, never made it. after 3:00 a.m., the aircraft took off. ten minutes later the jet fell off the radar. news of rivera's death came is a a shock to the hispanic community. rivera, a multigrammy nominee was known for her mexican regional style. herself-titled album jenni hit the top of the billboard latin albums charts. and rivera made her mark in reality tv and next month was set to make her film debut. an extraordinary career that has now come to a tragic end. francis coe, nbc news. >> in the process of divorcing former nats pitcher. >>> president obama offering his condolences tonight to the family of a u.s. navy seal. defense officials tell nbc news, the seal was killed in the rescue of an american doctor kidnapped by the taliban. the doctor
the past couple of hours. u.s. marshals came to the complex to make an arrest on monday night. they had an altercation with the suspect who then barricaded himself inside the apartment down the hill here. he was armed but did not have any hostages. prince george's county police, u.s. marshals were trying to negotiate with him for the past couple of hours. sources out here on the scene telling us he may have been involved in a recent carjackings and that is why he was arrested now, we plan to speak with prince george's county police here in just a second, get additional information. as soon as we do, we'll pass that information along. live in adelphi, maryland, melissa mollet. >>> police are on the hunt for suspects who broke into a prince george's county home and shot the homeowner. four men broke into that house in the 9100 block of lough gren house. the suspects shot him in the back. he's currently in the hospital with injuries. >>> it's 6:04. the newtown connecticut community will attempt to return to a sense of normalcy today. classes resume today at all newtown schools except sandy
. since march of 2011, 40,000 people have been killed in the country's civil war. >>> a u.s. capitol police officer is in the hospital this morning after being hit by a car. this happened around 8:30 last night around massachusetts avenue in northeast washington. we're told the officer was hit during a traffic stop. her condition has not been released. so far no charges have been filed against the driver. >>> a video posted online is sparking an investigation of a metro bus driver. check it out. this video appears to show the driver holding and possibly even reading a newspaper behind the wheel. the rider who shot this video on unsuck d.c. metro posted it online. metro will start monitoring some of its employees next year, including bus drivers, to make sure they get enough sleep. the transit agency will ask those who maintain buses and trains to log their sleep habits and wear a motion detecting advice. metro is trying to combat fatigue after a 2011 study found those worked longer hours than allowed and had no limit to the number of consecutive days they worked. metro is also concer
to start a fight over the debt ceiling. the u.s. could reach its debt ceiling by the end of the month, and risk defaulting on its loans early next year. house speaker john boehner today said, quote, we don't have time for the president to continue shifting the goal posts. we need to solve this problem. danielle lee now joins us from capitol hill with more on this story tonight. danielle? >> reporter: jim, good evening. we're just now learning that president obama spoke to house speaker john boehner by phone this afternoon. but we're not hearing of any progress on avoiding the fiscal cliff or on raising the nation's debt ceiling which is currently at $16.4 trillion. there are new concerns about what could happen to the country's credit rating in the new year. each day toward the fiscal cliff is also another day closer to the country maxing out on its borrowing limit. president obama talked to business leaders today. >> the only thing that the debt ceiling is good for as a weapon is to destroy your credit rating. >> reporter: he's worried republicans may re newsto raise the country's de
stolen dinosaur bones to the u.s. the bones included a 70-year-old tyrannosaurus that sold at auction for more than $1 million. >>> and finally, from the cute file, we've been tracking the progress of this 5-year-old panda cub from the san diego zoo. he tips the scales at 14 pounds and zookeepers say he's growing normally. he's got a big plastic ring and chewing on bamboo. glad to see he's doing well. >>> over to wall street for a check. the dow lost 18 on thursday closing at 13,096. the s&p was down a point and the nasdaq lost 4. overseas, nikkei gained 72 points while the hang seng added 46. >>> as those fiscal cliff worries become more real on main street and wall street, a dramatic drop sent stocks skidding thursday on news that house members will return to negotiations sunday evening. on investors' radar the latest pending home sales data comes out at 10:00 a.m. >>> meanwhile, the dairy industry is calling it the milk cliff. if congress doesn't approve a bill by january 1st, the prices could skyrocket from $3.65 a gallon to as much as $8. to think that wisconsin cheddar could cos
away for shopping procras procrastinato procrastinators. >>> plus, a u.s. senator arrested on dui charges. the world's most expensive dinner. and "the hobbit" holds on. "early today" starts right now. >>> this is "early today" for monday, december 24, 2012. >> and a very good morning to you on this christmas eve, i'm veronica de la cruz. >>> days after the national rifle association's first public comments since the newtown massacre, critics are taking aim at the controversial plan to put armed guards in schools. the head of the powerful group is sticking to its guns on the explosive issue. one congress won't be able to do anything about until sometime next month. brian mooar has details. >> reporter: in his first interview after the connecticut shooting tragedy, nra chief wayne lapierre was defiant. >> look, a gun is a tool. the problem is the criminal. >> reporter: the powerful gun lobby and its allies insist gun laws aren't the answer. they want more guns in the hands of good guys. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our chil
. >> the homeland security committee will release a new report criticizing the u.s. for the response to the attack in benghazi, libya. the committee finds that bad security allowed militants to essentially walk into the compound. the report criticizes the state department for failing to sufficiently respond to requests for additional security. >>> family, friend and former classmates are remembering a football player murdered in fairfax county. dozens gathered for a vigil in hay market in memory of xavier string fellow. he played football there. he was a sophomore in college in virginia. he played on that football too. he was found stabbed to death in a van in vienna friday night. his girlfriend is trying to cope with it. >> it's unbelievable. i'm floored. i don't know what to do. i don't know how to take the next day and the next. >> police arrested 22-year-old johnny bonilla in gainesville. the two did not know each other, but arranged a meeting. no word on a motive in the case. >>> same sex couples in our area will be celebrating more than just the start of 2013 tonight. they'll also be celebra
and afghan forces rescued a doctor. top of commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan said joint forces planned, rehearsed and successfully recovered dr. joseph in eastern afghanistan. he was abducted outside the afghan capital. dr. allen says joseph will soon be rejoining his family and loved ones. formé31añ joint forceses carried out the operation his intelligence showed the doctor was in imminent danger. >>> hugo chavez will head back to cuba for cancer treatment. he announced his cancer has returned and said he would undergo treatment in havana. for the first time he said if his health worsens his successor should be vice president. chavez was elected to a third term in october. the 58-year-old already had two operations. he's had chemotherapy and radiation treatment as well. >>> today the white house will join in celebrating hanukkah. the national menorah lighting ceremony is later today. the second night of the jewish festival of lights. the u.s. air force band is also going to be there and today's event is free. fyi. but you need tickets to attend and you can get the tickets by goi
home last night. he worked for the u.s. agency for international development. today we talked to his roommate about what happened. >> he was just a good man. he tried to do well by others, and himself. quite tragic, you know. just a testament to life and how fragile it is. we should all appreciate it. >> he traveled the globe. his work took him around to 40 countries. police are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. >>> when we come back, a girl disappears from pennsylvania. and then turns up in d.c. a 13-year-old lured to our area by a man she met online. >>> and 'tis the season to deck those halls and fight the flames, too. a reminder on how easy it is for the holidays to go up in smoke. there is no mass-produced human. so we created the extraordinarily comfortable sleep number experience. a collection of innovations designed around a bed with dualair technology that allows you to adjust to the support your body needs. each of your bodies. our sleep professionals will help you find your sleep number setting. exclusively at a sleep number store. sleep number. comfort indi
weapons on its own people. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton met with a top syrian leader in ireland in hopes of stopping the violence. they are preparing the chemicals for a deadly nerve gas to be put into bombs that could be dropped from the sky. the military is waiting on the word from president assad to fire. >>> a duchess of cambridge is resting, we understand. she left the london hospital this morning. kate smiled and carried a bouquet of yellow flowers as prince william escorted her to the car. he visited her daily since she was in the hospital. the palace released the statement thanking the staff for the care and treatment of the duchess. >>> today we begin 12 days of giving. for the next 12 days, we will profile nonprofits working to change lives in our area. we will give you the opportunity to help them. here is pat lawson muse with information on an organization that is serving the homeless. pat? >> hi, barbara. gifts for the homeless is making sure the homeless are getting the clothes they need to stay warm this winter. if you can help gift for the homeless, the phone ban
about at take on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. a report from an independent panel find systematic failures at the state department. shomari stone is outside the state department with the response from secretary hill terhillary clinton. shomari stone? >> reporter: the report was released an gives 30 recommendations how the u.s. government can improve security overseas. secretary of state hillary clinton plans to accept all the recommendations. now, the panel took a long look at the september 11th attack in libya. and it endped wied with the dea ambassador chris stevens. according to accountability review board, security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to deal with at take that took place. in addition the review board confirmed there was no protest prior to the attack. and terrorists were responsible for what happened. the report also says the u.s. waited too long to make security adjustments in benghazi, despite the increasing violence. now, although this report was pointed in its criticism, what's interesting, is that the panel found -- no cause, of disciplining any government
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violence in this society. just putting more deadly weapons out there. >> reporter: and as for how the u.s. would pay to put armed officers in every american school, as the nra recommends, lester, lapierre pointed the u.s. is spending billion of dollars year to train police in iraq and asked why federal dollars can't be used to train school guards here at home. >> peter alexander, thanks. another one of lapierre's claims that producers of movies, tv shows and video games are more responsible for real-life gun violence than guns themselves. from los angeles, nbc's mike taibbi takes a closer look at the issue of violence in our popular culture. >> reporter: it was a week after the explosion of gunfire in newtown that the nra's wayne lapierre called hollywood and the gaming industry enablers and co-conspirators in a culture of gun violence. >> a child growing up in america today witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18. >> reporter: hollywood knows the poll body count is high and profitable. five of the year's top ten grossing
are dealing are russia's law that stops adoptions to the u.s. >>> plus, the broadway star and cast member of nbc "30 rk." you can see them live in concert new year's a eve. veronica johnson is back with more winter weather headed our way. >>> the possible deal will extend the tax cuts to middle class americans and postpone the spending cuts scheduled to take effect. >>> breaking news on the roads. we'll go right to mike cremedas. what can you tell us? >> it's rough out there right now. rockville pike near country club road, all lanes shut down in each direction because of this series accident. the crews are on the scene clearing it out of the way. here's a map of the incident. another problem, southern avenue shut down between wheeler road and 13th street in southeast from that earlier incident involving the bus. you were speaking about and that's also blocking southbound wheeler road from bellevue to southern avenue. southbound 355 inside the beltway at cedar lane, the left lane is getting by the water main work and it's been there for a while and still a delay. no word on when that will
are following a developing story now. the accused slasher is being extradited to the u.s. from peru. he attacked several young women at shopping malls in fairfax with a boxcutter. he was arrested near a shopping mall in peru in january. since then the u.s. fought to have him returned here. none of the victims were seriously hurt. >>> 13 days to go now million the fiscal cliff deadline and will is new progress to report today. president obama and house speaker john boehner now agree on a tax hike for the very rich. there's a but. steve had an dels smndelsman sa not on agreement on who constitute it is very rich. >> that's right. that's the hang-up. the original obama plan to tax -- raise the tax rates on all americans making $250,000 or more a year, that's gone. now the hang-up is which americans would it be? those making a million dollars or more a year or a far larger group making $400,000? >> what do between want? >> reporter: protesters came to the capitol demanding republicans agree the tax hikes on the top 2% of americans. the original obama plan that he campaigned on. but speaker john boeh
obama and harry reid were there for a service. inouye was the second longest serving senator in u.s. history. he represented the state of hawaii for nearly 55 years. the 88 year old died of respiratory complications last monday. >>> mitt romney's own son sad his dad didn't want to run for president. tagg romney said he wanted to be president less than anyone i met in my life. he would have been happy to step aside if someone else would have taken his place. tagg worked as an adviser on his 2012 campaign and worked with other campaigns. >>> a grim assessment to avoid the fiscal cliff. some lawmakers say they feel for the first time a deal may not get done by the end of the year. congress is not expected to return to work until thursday. the same goes for president obama who will spend christmas in hawaii. that leaves them five days to get a deal done to avoid steep tax hikes and big-time spending cuts. senators on both sides of the aisle say both parties need to compromise to avoid a potential economic disaster. >> my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you cannot pass a bi
november 22nd. the u.s. believes the rocket is a cover to test missile technology. >>> president obama is speaking out against ongoing unrest in egypt. he has called egyptian president mohamed morsi to express concern about recent protests that have resulted in numerous deaths and injuries, calling the violence unacceptable. president obama did welcome morsi's call for talks with opposition leaders. this comes after a violent week in cairo. on wednesday night, six were killed and nearly 700 injured in protest outside morsi's palace. >>> this morning d.c. mayor vincent gray will announce a new flood prevention for bloomingdale. this comes after flash floods swamped that neighborhood last summer. it would put storage tanks at the former mcmillan sand filtration plant, capable of holding 3 million gallons each. crews will also dig a six block tunnel under first street that could store 6 million gallons of storm water.king for ways to ease traffic and make road im. p -- improvements, and they want uncle sam to foot the bill. the government's shift to fort belvoir put a heavy burden on alre
not aid the u.s. in the iraqi war. it was a bad time. he has since said i apologize deeply for anyone who's offended. he realizes how well he's been embraced. he doesn't want to get that political anymore. >>> before we sent you off, you should be wearing a pig snout after what happened with your jants last month night. >> i know. i know. here's the thing. i owe you $20. >> is that it? >> i owe you $20 for the skins over the giants. >> he brought that up. >> can i tell you something, though? the most inclusive guy in washington today, other than the two of you, is without question kirk cousins. i mean, what? >> where did that come from? >> unbelievable. >> you talk about under pressure. >> he's hot today. >> he's like rg 4 that guy. >> the 20 is in the mail. >> channeling rg3. >>> it could be the biggest shipping day ever. still ahead, we'll tell you about the big difference this year that's keeping fedex on its toes. ♪ i don't know if i'm >>> and "the voice" brings on its final four tine. we'll tell you and why why else it could be such a big night in primetime. ♪ >>> two from team c
extremists. >>> al qaeda is offering a bounty of $23,000 to anyone who kills the u.s. ambassador to yemen. the terrorist group is offering money to who -- the offer is valid for six months. it's posted on a website with ties to the al qaeda branch in yemen. the country is a u.s. ally but is struggling to unify the army and re-establish order. >>> a new report criticizing the state department for response to the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi, libya. nbc news obtained an advance copy. the committee finds that bad security allowed militants to essentially walk into the compound. the report criticizes the state department for failing to sufficiently respond to requests for additional security. >>> now to a developing story out of new york. we're waiting to learn more about secretary of state hillary clinton's condition this morning. she's in the hospital where doctors are treating her for a blood clot. they discovered it yesterday during a follow-up exam for the concussion she suffered earlier this month. clinton hit her head when she fell while recovering from a stomach virus. her spokes
emergency shelters. a national weather service in the u.s. is reconsidering how they're issuing warnings. they're considering a new plan even if storms are no longer a hurricane or tropical storm. some have criticized the national hurricane center because it stopped issuing hurricane warnings after sandy's wind speeds dropped, which many have said caused people to disregard the danger of storm. meantime, the senate transportation committee will hold a meeting today to discuss thousand storm damaged transportation. >>> meantime, the district is about to get more help from the federal government for sandy cleanup. president obama has declared a major disaster in d.c. he ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts in areas affected by october's massive storm. the president made an emergency declaration for the district shortly after sandy, but a major disaster declaration means more long-term federal aid. >>> it is earth like we've never seen it before. nasa just released what they're calling black marble images of the planet at night. you might be familiar with seeing the earth duri
of the greatest military figures in u.s. history. more on his remarkable life coming up. >>> also ahead, it happened again. a man shoved to his death in front of a new york city subway train. this time, the suspect is a woman. we will have the details. >>> and later, we'll look back at how we covered the biggest stories from 2012, from golden moments at the olympics to the hard-fought race for the white house and the unimaginable damage from superstorm sandy and more. >>> we'll start with another winter storm getting ready to wallop a large swath of the country. maria larosa has the details. >> it places like arkansas just a few days ago under blizzard warnings. now we're talking about freezing rain advisories. also, the winter weather advisories. you see the advisories stretch back into the ohio valley, back into the northeast. that's basically the trail of the snow with this next system. so over the next 24 to 48 hours we'll see it develop. it will continue through the south with thunderstorms and showers. not to the extent of the severe weather with the last round, but you can see en
chemical weapons on its own people. what can the u.s. government do to avoid a catastrophe? >>> dire warning. 26 days left until the deadline and a top official says the president is willing to go off the fiscal cliff if necessary. and some republicans signal they may be ready to give in on a key sticking point. >>> and heading home, a smiling duchess of cambridge and prince william leave the hospital this morning, four days after she checked in with extreme morning sickness. we're live in london today, thursday, december 6th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah gurthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. nice images to see out of london over the past couple of days. we've been watching duchess of cambridge. she seemed a little shaky as she held the railing. we're going to have more on that story and, of course, the ridiculous prank played out by the deejays later on. >> good job, prince william with the flowers. >>> a story
. a u.s. district court ruled that the paid accuser was not credibility and ordered that the aspca to pay that fine. >>> when "news4 at 4:00" continues, a surfer's dangerous encounter with a six-foot shark that came out of the nowhere. >>> plus a chance to dance with the one and only beyonce at the super bowl, but you have to act fast. ♪ >>> and what do the top three songs of 2012 have in common? find out after the break. >>> pepsi is teaming up with beyonce to offer 100 fans a chance to dance with her at halftime during the february 3rd game in new orleans. it all starts with photos you must submit to pepsi's wreb site starting tomorrow. then they'll choose from winners from that group and those winners gets to bring a friend. submission deadline is january 11th. >>> how about videos to know if you can dance or not? >> i think i would be too nervous. >>> if you look back at the music of 2012, the song "call me maybe" is probably one of the songs we couldn't get out of our heads, but several new artists also made big impressions on the music scene. >> "billboard" magazine tracks
reports that the u.s. journalist along with a turkish journalist that he usually travels with and works a lot with disappeared on thursday. so some comforting news early on this tuesday. back to you. >> angie goff live for us with that breaking news. angie, thank you. >>> the time right now is 4:54. coming up, a 13-year-old girl gets her wish had her fight for equality. one toy at a time. how the makers of the easy-bake oven are making changes. >> w did you get chips for the party? nope. cheese plate? cheese plate...nope. i made something better. ♪ you used the oven? boom ♪ [ male announcer ] pillsbury crescents. let the making begin. here's a better idea. pillsbury grands! flaky layers biscuits in just 15 minutes the light delicate layers add a layer of warmth to your next dinner. pillsbury grands biscuits let the making begin. . >>> welcome back at 4:57. d.c. is looking for a replacement to the controversial red top meter program. it aimed to reserve about 10% of the city's metered response with disabilities. it would have forced handicapped drivers to pay for parking for the firs
sometime before december 22nd. the u.s. believes the rocket is a cover test for missile technology. >>> the ongoing unrest in egypt has president obama speaking out. the white house says the president has called egyptian president mohamed morsi to express concerns about recent protests that have resulted in numerous deaths and injuries. he told the president that he must make clear to supporters that violence is unacceptable. it comes after a violent night in cairo, where six were killed and nearly 700 others injured. >>> this morning we're getting a clearer idea of how much it will cost to clean up after hurricane sandy. new jersey governor chris christie says superstorm sandy caused $37 billion in damages to his state. christie was in washington yesterday making stops at the white house and capitol hill, asking lawmakers for an additional $83 billion in disaster relief for his state as well as new york and connecticut. >>> right now in montgomery county police need your help finding a missing man who possibly spent the night in the cold. he's 34-year-old eric olson, and he's from
police headquarters and the victim is described as a u.s. adviser. it's not clear yet if the person was military personnel or a civilian. police have also have not said if the shooting was intentional or intent accidental. >>> an investigation into the apparent suicide of an elite commander in afghanistan. job price was commanding officer of navy s.e.a.l. team four assisting in the training of afghan police officers. a military official told cnn there's no indication price was involved in any investigation or controversy. he is survived by his wife and daughter. ♪ >>> a formal good-bye for the late senator daniel inouye yesterday. he was the second longest serving senator in u.s. history representing the state of hawaii for 50 years. he died of respiratory complications last monday. >>> mitt romney's oldest son is raising eyebrows this morning about comments he made about his father's run for the presidency. tagg romney claims he would have been ecstatic to step aside if he cld have found someone else to take his place. tagg worked as an advisory on his father's 2012 campaign and
>> a u.s. capital police officer was rushed to the hospital after being hit by a car about 8:30 in the 200 block of hass mass avenue in northeast. we're told theofficer was hit while redirecting another vehicle. there's no word yet on the officer's condition. the scene has just been cleared. so far, no charges file. >>> also tonight, a metro bus driver was taped while he appears to be reading a newspaper while behind the wheel. the transit agency says it is investigating. some riders are upset the about that. shomari stone now with the cell phone video. >> reporter: well, that metro bus driver was around the dupont circle route right around here. all of a sudden passengers say he pulled out a metro -- a newspaper like this one here, started reading it, and many of them tell me they're concerned. >> 31st street. >> reporter: disturbing video posted today on a blog catches a d.c. metro bus driver holding a newspaper in one hand, the steering wheel in another sometime during rush hour over the last two weeks. we showed it to a metro rider. >> that's a safety violation! come on,
they are not even from our area. >>> the top of command on the u.s. forces in afghanistan says the joint forces planned, rehearsed and successfully rescued the doctor in afghanistan. wednesday insurgents abducted him outside the afghan capital. general john allen says joseph will be returning to his family. the intelligence showed the doctor was imminent danger. >>> hugo chavez will head to chicago for more cancer treatment. he announced on state television his cancer returned and he would undergo another round of surgery in cuba. for the first time he said in-f his health worsens his successor should be vice president. chavez was elected to a third term in october. the 58-year-old already had two operations, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. >>> this morning former president george h.w. bush is waking up at a texas hospital, a hospital spokesperson says the 88-year-old continues improving but he's not going to be released this weekend. another update is expected tomorrow. the nation's 41st president has been in the hospital for more than two weeks now. he's undergoing treatment for bronchi
from peru today. the police there arrested him in january and since then u.s. authorities have worked to have him returned to stand trial. the victims were not seriously hurt. >> police in prince william county are asking for help tonight to find a man that forced his way into a home and sexually assault ad 15-year-old girl. it happened in woodbridge yesterday afternoon, police tell tuesday man posing as a cable worker knocked on a door and asked for someone who didn't live there. the girl says he left but returned later, pulled a knife, and forced her into a bedroom. she began kicking and screaming and he ran away. >> the mistress of former cia director david petraeus will not be facing cyber stalking charges. the u.s. justice department announced it was dropping its investigation of paula broadwell today. broadwell allegedly except harassing e-mails to tampa socialite to jill kelley. the e-mails were reported to the fbi and that uncovered the affair between petraeus and broadwell and that led to his resignation. >>> with the fiscal cliff fast approaching, republicans are going for w
. the president signalled a big potential shift in u.s. involvement there. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable. >> nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel is here to bring us more on what is a developing story. >> reporter: david, despite increasing criticism and warnings, the government of bashir al assad is revving up its activities. this area was bombed last night. regarding chemical weapons, commanders we have spoken to are very concerned that the government could use chemical weapons. they are completely not prepared for that eventuality. they don't have gas masks. they don't have medicine. there's no early warning system here. they have appealed for some kind of training, but so far on the ground there is nothing that could protect them from any kind of deadly chemical weapon that could be used. they are also, rebel commanders we have spok
who had been living in the u.s. for more than 20 years. >>> nasa released new photos of the red planet. the most amazing is a self-portrait of the mars rover "curiosity." the 50 image composite provides a better view than the self-portrait from november. there it is. behind the rover you can see its ultimate destination mount sharp. when "curiosity" arrives it will test for of course any signs of primitive microbial life. >>> the storm system is out of our area but left behind much cooler temperatures. storm team 4 meteorologist kim martucci will tell us what we martucci will tell us what we can expect for the rest of ♪ ♪ and the flowers and the trees all laugh when you walk by ♪ ♪ and the neighbors' kids... what does being true to yourself have to do with being healthy? everything. ♪ but you're not ♪ you're the one ♪ one, one, one, one, one ♪ the one ♪ one, one, one, one, one ♪ the one ♪ one, one, one... i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. b
congress about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >>> 4:35. the man accused of walking into sandy hook school with a two by four will be in court. that incident happened last week in -- christopher johnson wrote high-powered rifle on that board. police say he made general statement about school safety. no one was hurt. johnson, now charged with disorderly conduct. >>> later this morning, two of the three men accused of brutally beating a capitol hill man this summer will be in court. tommy branch and sonny cued i attacked and robbed maslin. he was in a coma for nearly two months. branch and his accomplice are due in court. the third suspect, michael moore, waived his right to a hearing. >>> today is the first day of the gun show in chantilly. protesters plan to be out in full force. the code pink, the social advocacy group, is prepared to protest outside. the group interrupted the nra news conference last week if you you remember this. they want stricter regulations when it comes to buying guns. >> the rules on gun shows are very loose. the feeling is, this is not a san
. here's what we know. u.s. marshals came to make an arrest here in one of these apartments on monday night. they had an altercation with the suspect inside of the apartment. he's barricaded himself inside that apartment. he's armed as you mentioned. there are no hostages and again, police, swat have gone door to door getting people out of the buildings. they are negotiating with him. but this entire area will be blocked off and people are out of their apartments at this hour. if we can come back live. i want to speak with julio. he's been sitting in his car for a couple of hours. you live in this apartment complex. what were you told when you came home from work a couple hours ago? >> i was told -- i asked them, can i go down and i asked them what happened. they told me i wasn't allowed to get that information. they told me to park down there and wait. i said can i walk to my apen
osik unconscious inside the home. he later died. he worked for the u.s. agency for international development and he traveled the world working in 40 different countries. >> they found a gun in a student's locker at a school in fair fax county. administrators notified police and sent a letter home to parents. students involved have been questioned by the police. they are now facing disciplinary action. >> a memorial service at the kennedy center will remember a young falls church woman who was killed in the caribbean. the 22-year-old died in a snorkeling accident last weekend. the university of virginia senior was part of a semester at sea program. she was on a pry vat snorkeling trip with other stunts. >> tonight, detectives are out trying to find clues in the murder of a teenager in maryland. the victim was 14 years old. shot and killed in lewisdale section, less than a mile from his house. this evening, officers are going door-to-door with fliers to try to get some information. police believe elizir raus was with two known gang members when he was killed at about 1:00 this morn
russian law, having an impact here in the u.s. it bans americans from adopting russian children. as news4's melissa mollett explains, this diplomatic dispute is leading to heartbreak for some, looking to start or expand their families. >> reporter: the u.s. is the biggest destination for adopted russian children, with more than 60,000 of them being taken in by americans over the past two decades. meet the suze family. right now they want nothing more than a sibling for him. since last year, they've been applying. >> it's a million pieces of paper. you laugh about t. but it really is quite an intensive process. >> reporter: waiting for another child, but this bill could bring an end to their dreams of adding to their family. >> with this new development, it could come to a screeching halt. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands of russian children are in orphanages. president putin signed the bill this morning angry about a new american law. >> there really is a great irony is that america speaks out against human rights violations, and russia sort of responds by potential denying many thousan
citizens took a shot at republicans today with their own symbolic ball drop outside the u.s. capitol, the group trying to send republicans a message to not on their words drop the ball on the middle class when it comes to offer tax breaks. >>> breaking news this evening in the murder of a capitol hill man shot in his car early monday morning. d.c. police have just released this video of two persons of interest. it is surveillance video from a nearby school. it's not known whether it was taken before or after jason emma was killed. a wild ride landed three people in custody. police say this stolen car crashed into a metro bush near wheeler room. the suspects a littledly went on a purse-snatching spree before the accident. >>> at 6:30, we'll tell you what one of the victims said to the alleged robbers right before they made their getaway. >>> about an hour ago all the lanes reop after a six-vehicle pileup. traffic was snarled for more than six hours. it happened at the intersection of rockville pike at temple avenue in rockville. i believe that's near congressional plaza. you a driver
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